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Reading recommendations from our Librarian

Monday, November 6, 2017

As a school librarian, I like nothing more than pairing a child with a book that I know they will love. I have been known to overhear shoppers deliberating in Waterstones and have felt compelled to introduce myself, putting what I feel to be the perfect book under their noses; apologies if this was you!

With Christmas fast approaching and it being the perfect opportunity to curl up somewhere cosy with a book, I wanted to gather together some of my very favourite new titles to inspire you. I regularly review new and soon-to-be published books for Reading Zone, and all of the reviews can be accessed on their website which is a real treasure trove of ideas and inspiration. Enjoy!

Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend

I was bowled over by this wonderfully charming fantasy adventure.

The Huntress: Sky by Sarah Driver

If you have not yet discovered this fantastic new fantasy series, then you are in for a treat. Rich, powerful and thrilling, it is impossible to put down. (In fact, Mrs Stuckes almost made herself late for school as she couldn’t stop reading it!)

Eloise Undercover by Sarah Baker

A wonderful wartime adventure set in Nazi-occupied France; a real edge-of-your-seat read.

The Wizards of Once by Cressida Cowell

A captivating fantasy adventure from the author of the How to Train your Dragon series.

Piggy Handsome: Guinea Pig Destined for Stardom by Pip Jones

Charming and hilarious in equal measure and perfect for newly independent readers.

King's Hall bookworms published by leading education magazine

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

This week, a group of King’s Hall bookworms have had their very own book reviews published online by leading education magazine, the TES.

The group was charged with the task of reviewing sci-fi thriller Greta Zargo and the Death Robots from Outer Space, by writer and poet, AF Harrold. They all agreed that it was very exciting to see their work online, and a very surreal experience.

The TES publishes a class review every Friday, and it is a fabulous opportunity for children to gain special access to soon-to-be and newly published books. It is also a brilliant way for pupils to have their work read by teachers from around the world, as well as by publishers and even the authors themselves.

As you will see, Greta Zargo received an overwhelmingly positive response and collective thumbs-up from our promising team of reviewers.

To read our wonderful reviews, click here.

Years 3 and 4 meet author and illustrator, Chris Riddell

Wednesday, October 18, 2017


Last week, fizzing with excitement despite the early departure, Year 3 and Year 4 travelled to Hazlegrove School to meet leading children’s author and illustrator, Chris Riddell. Chris has just finished his term as the UK Children’s Laureate and his books are well loved here at King’s Hall, with Ottoline and the Yellow Cat being read by Year 3 within the English curriculum.

Chris had been delayed a little, so we began the session with an impromptu sing-a-long which warmed everybody up. It turned out that Chris had arrived at the wrong school that morning by mistake (the children thought this was highly amusing) and he was somewhat concerned that his late arrival might see him summoned to the Headmaster’s office (which they found even more amusing!)


As soon as Chris sat down at the desk at the front of the hall, he began to draw as he spoke, and we were instantly mesmerised. Before our very eyes he sketched some truly marvellous pictures: a fish on a bicycle, Mr Monroe from the Ottoline series, a gruesome zombie and even some of the children in the audience! It was great to hear a reading from Chris’s new book Goth Girl and the Sinister Symphony which looks like it will be a huge hit with our readers.


Well done to Daisy who was invited up to the stage to draw with Chris. She is now the proud owner of a Chris Riddell original sketch!


Finally, pupils had the opportunity to have their books signed by Chris and there were huge smiles all round as each child got to meet him. What a wonderful morning we had!

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